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Publication Type: Patient Safety Advisory
Single or Multiple Incident: Multiple
Date: 3/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

This alert discusses the type of distractions that exist in healthcare and their impact on patient safety. Distraction is a common source of potential error that is well established within the fields of human factors research and cognitive psychology. High levels of distraction in healthcare settings pose a constant threat to patient safety. New technologies have increased the number and types of distractions present in these settings. This alert examines the broader issue of distractions that cause medical errors and outlines strategies for decreasing the potential for distraction and harm.

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phones, computers, technologic device, infusion pump, communication devices, cell phone, smartphone, automated dispensing cabinets
trace elements, HYDROmorphone, naloxone, chemotherapy, metoprolol IV, insulin, dextrose, heparin, warfarin, anticoagulants, bladder irrigation fluid
Medication/IV List:
adrenergic antagonists, IV, antithrombotic agents (anticoagulants), chemotherapeutic agents, parenteral and oral, narcotics/opiates, IV, transdermal, and oral, insulin, subcutaneous and IV

Distractions and Their Impact on Patient Safety